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NASCAR driver Brian Vickers answers questions at a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Vickers will replace injured Tony Stewart in the Daytona 500 auto race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500. His ubiquitous commercial – which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer – was about the only way Vickers stayed in the spotlight for most of the last year. …

NASCAR’s new charter system shuts out storied Wood Brothers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been 10 years since the Wood Brothers completed a full Sprint Cup season, and they stopped trying to make it to the track each week in 2009. NASCAR’s oldest race team didn’t have the funds to keep up with the competition, and a scaled-back approach was what the …

NASCAR changes structure to charter-based system; race field cut to 40

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors. The change gets away from the independent contractor model that had been used since NASCAR’s …

Kurt Busch hopeful Phoenix finish earns him title chance

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch’s season comes down to one race at the same track where his year officially began. Busch was suspended by NASCAR for the first three races of the season, so his debut didn’t come until March at Phoenix International Raceway. Now, with his championship …

With one race before cutdown, Penske’s Logano and Keselowski in dire need of a win

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last 834 laps raced. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have been on their game at …

Johnson passes Keselowski late for 4th Texas fall win in row

Monday, November 9, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski was dominating at Texas, leading lap after lap and getting oh so close to a victory that would have given him one of the four championship-contending spots in the Chase for the …

Kenseth loses final appeal to overturn NASCAR suspension

Friday, November 6, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – His appeals rejected, Matt Kenseth defiantly vowed Thursday to race as he always has and accused NASCAR of “unfairly” making an example out of him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over …

Kenseth set for appeal of NASCAR two-race suspension for wreck

Thursday, November 5, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing will have their appeal of NASCAR’s two-race suspension heard on Thursday. NASCAR said the National Motorsports Appeals Panel scheduled the appeal for Thursday morning at the NASCAR R&D Center …

NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for two races for wrecking Logano

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Looking to squash any notion that the drivers are running amok on the track, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for two races Tuesday for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in an act of retaliation that dramatically changed …

NASCAR faces decision whether or not to tolerate ‘wild west’ culture

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Matt Kenseth steered Joey Logano into the wall, the crowd roared its approval as a veteran driver delivered old-school payback. The thunderous ovation continued at every replay. This is NASCAR’s version of the “wild …

Gordon wins wild one at Martinsville to earn spot in championship finale

Monday, November 2, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – As the adoring crowd lingered in the darkness at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon took a moment to soak it in. In a 23-year career that is one long highlight reel, his victory Sunday overwhelmed the …

Earnhardt Sprint Cup’s only bright spot after Talladega ending

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Thank goodness Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed dignity in defeat after he was bounced from NASCAR’s playoffs. The class shown by NASCAR’s most popular driver in not criticizing the outcome was the one positive takeaway from …

NASCAR announces five-year deal with all tracks; NHMS keeps July and September dates

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will hold two Sprint Cup races next year – and for the next several seasons as well. NASCAR announced Monday that it came to agreements on five-year deals with its national series tracks, ensuring that there will be no races taken from any of …

Logano wins Talladega with controversial finish

Sunday, October 25, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. – As Joey Logano made his third straight trip to Victory Lane, questions swirled about reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick’s late-race tactics. Several competitors accused Harvick of intentionally causing a race-ending caution Sunday at Talladega …

Logano spins out Kenseth late, wins at Kansas Speedway

Monday, October 19, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Joey Logano kept peeking around Matt Kenseth as the laps ticked away at Kansas Speedway, the two of them in entirely different situations in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Logano had nothing …